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Chicago striving readers

Chicago Striving Readers

International Reading Association Annual Convention, 2010

Elizabeth Cardenas-Lopez, Manager

OreithaBenion, Brenda Howell, Renee Mackin, Juliana Perisin, Rob Residori


Purpose overview of today s session

Purpose/Overview of Today’s Session

  • Importance of accountable talk in the adolescent classroom

  • The need for increasing the volume of reading in the classroom

  • Teaching and learning techniques to enhance comprehension and vocabulary development

Overview of cps sr project

Overview of CPS-SR Project

  • Tiered intervention model

  • Addressing the needs of struggling readers in the middle grades 6-8

  • Transformation of literacy practices in the middle grades

Cps sr tiered intervention model

CPS-SR Tiered Intervention Model

Ke f indings f rom research

KeFindings from Research

  • Adolescent students need to engage in wide reading activities

  • Literacy needs to be connected to students’ lives.

  • Students need to read at their instructional level

  • Students need to learn and practice a set of strategies they can use flexibly before, during and after reading.

  • Reading is a social activity; engaging students together in literacy activities is important.

Ogle, D. (2007) Coming Together as Readers

Sr core teaching techniques

SR Core Teaching Techniques

The Exclusion Brainstorming

List, Group, Label

PLAN: Predict, Locate, Add, Note


Anticipation Guide



ABC Graffiti

RAFT: Role, Audience, Format, Topic

Reciprocal Teaching

GRASP: Guided Reading and Summarizing Procedure

Wide reading

Wide Reading

Kids not only need to read a lot but they also need lots of books they can read right at their fingertips. They also need access to books that entice them, attract them to reading. Richard L. Allington

What Really Matters for Struggling Readers: Designing Research Based Programs

  • During the course of the presentation today you will encounter the following types of text all related to one central theme:

    • Poetry

    • Fiction

    • Nonfiction text sets

    • Internet/Online Articles

Anticipation guide

Anticipation Guide

  • Activates prior knowledge

  • Sets a purpose for reading

    Agree or Disagree

    1. The Golden Rule hasn’t created safe school environments.

    2. The memories of being teased or bullied are often difficult to erase.

Truth barrie wade

Truth, Barrie Wade

Say Something…Allows students the opportunity to discuss their thinking with a partner in a safe and structured setting, thus highlighting the social nature of language.

  • I wonder . . .

  • I believe . . .

  • I’m confused . . .

  • I feel that . . .

Vocabulary development through word concept sorts

Vocabulary Development Through Word & Concept Sorts

Word sorts

Word Sorts

  • Promotes focused, purposeful conversation

  • Activates prior knowledge

  • Allows for negotiation

  • Provides the opportunity for social discourse

  • Let’s Sort!

Why do you read aloud to your students

Why do you read aloud to your students?

  • Turn to your partner and share some of the reasons that you read aloud to your students.

  • Sharing out…

The role of the read aloud

The Role of the Read Aloud

  • Modeling Fluency

  • Sharing Metacognitive Strategies

  • Introducing New Concepts

  • Building Background Knowledge

  • Enjoyment

Inventing elliot by graham gardner

Inventing Elliot, by Graham Gardner

  • What is a bully? Turn to your partner and share your thoughts.

Think pair share

Think – Pair – Share

  • Structuring Think-Pair-Share

  • Accountability

  • Moving toward independence

  • Prompt #1: Did Elliot do the right thing by not fighting back? How might you have reacted in this situation?

  • Prompt #2: Discuss the relationship that Elliot has with his mother.

Accountable talk

Accountable Talk…

  • Is purposeful

  • Uses evidence appropriate to the discipline

  • Demands knowledge that is accurate and relevant to the issue under discussion

  • Is respectful, involves listening, and occasionally promotes respectful disagreement

Agreeing to disagree

Agreeing to Disagree

  • $50,000 grant awarded to Blaine Middle School

  • Principal James has reviewed many proposals and narrowed them down to two possible programs

  • The first program is geared at preventing teen pregnancy—a problem that is becoming increasingly prevalent in the local high school

  • The second program focuses on bullying

  • Principal James has called a focus group to find out how they feel about the two possible programs

Raft santa 1988

RAFT (Santa, 1988)

  • RAFTs are written from a viewpoint that might be different from the student’s, to an audience other than the teacher. The acronym RAFT stands for:

  • Role (the writer’s role—observer, eyewitness, reporter)

  • Audience (the reader—parent, editor, community member)

  • Format (the best way to present the writing—essay, letter, poem)

  • Topic (the subject of the writing)

    Based on your role, prepare a short (30 seconds) presentation for the focus group discussion.

The roles

The Roles…

  • 1Elliot’s Mother

  • 2 Kevin Cunningham’s Mother (the bully)

  • 3Jillian Spivey—a teen mother

  • 4Josephine Callas—school guidance counselor

  • 5Mr. James—principal of Blaine Middle School

  • Principal James should take notes and be prepared to share details from the discussion

List group label taba 1967

List-Group-Label (Taba, 1967)


  • List all words that relate to this concept

  • Sharing out

  • With partner take these words and groupthem into categories

  • Label your categories

Exclusion brainstorming blachowicz 1986

Exclusion Brainstorming(Blachowicz, 1986).

  • Helps students activate prior knowledge

  • Allows students the opportunity to talk about words as they relate to a specific topic and identify words that might not belong

  • Let’s give it a try!

What words might not be included in an article about bullying

What words might not be included in an article about bullying?









Cyber Stalking




Coding text using insert notes

Coding Text—Using INSERT Notes

  • INSERT (Interactive Notation System for Effective Reading and Thinking) Vaughn and Estes (1986)

    Take a few minutes to read the article “Breaking the Silence Around Bullying”

    • (X) I thought differently

    • (+) New & important information

    • (!) WOW

    • (?) I don’t get it


Text sets

Text Sets

  • A variety of nonfiction books and articles at varying reading levels

  • All centered around one theme—in this case “Bullying”

  • Allows students the opportunity to read with a partner at a level that is instructionally appropriate

  • Builds vocabulary and background knowledge on a content related topic

  • PRC2

Abc graffiti massy heafner 2004

ABC Graffiti (Massy & Heafner, 2004)

  • A process that combines two reading comprehension techniques, ABC Brainstorming (Jones, 2000) and Graffiti (Gunter, 2003)

  • Students brainstorm information related to a topic and then work collaboratively to synthesize the information



Working in partners, brainstorm as many key terms or phrases that relate to bullying. Use the graphic organizer to record your words alphabetically (you have 2 minutes).

Rotate your papers clockwise and continue the process.

When you and your partner receive your paper back, it’s time to share out!

Revisiting our anticipation guide

Revisiting our Anticipation Guide

Agree or Disagree

1. The Golden Rule hasn’t created safe school environments.

2. The memories of being teased or bullied are often difficult to erase.

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Chicago Striving Readers


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Chicago Striving Readers

Cps sr information

CPS-SR Information

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